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Jesus And Purity

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It is one of the fundamental achievements of contemporary Jesus research that it has come to appreciate the deep-rooted Jewish identity of the teacher of Nazareth. Jesus' understanding of purity, however, as condensed in the antithetical statement that one is not defiled by what goes into one's body but by what comes out (Mark 7:15), is taken by many New Testament scholars to lie far off the common framework of ancient Jewish legal debates. When Jesus touched a leper at Capernaum, "the leprosy immediately left him, and he was cleansed", and then, in perfect compliance with the levitical purity laws, as we have seen, Jesus directed the man to undergo the purification ritual as "Moses commanded". The reason is simply that for attaining purity, Jesus and his disciples disposed of means stronger than ablutions and food avoidances.

Keywords: Jesus; leprosy; Nazareth; New Testament; purity



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